Boone County Commission seeks board members to oversee Children's Services Fund

Friday, January 18, 2013 | 6:31 p.m. CST

COLUMBIA­­­­­ — Applications are open for the new Boone County Children's Services Board.

The nine-member board will oversee the development and funding of the Boone County Children’s Services Fund, which was created when voters passed a quarter-cent sales tax increase in the November election. The tax will generate an estimated $5.4 million in annual revenue to provide mental health services for young people in Boone County.

Board members will be selected by the Boone County Commission.

The board’s primary responsibilities, according the commission, are to taxpayers and at-risk children. Those who apply for board membership must disclose possible conflicts of interest.

The Putting Kids First initiative seeks to protect the mental health and state of Boone County residents younger than 19, according to its website.

The board's primary goal is to remain transparent and to recognize that Boone County taxpayers are "both important stakeholders and beneficiaries of this program," according to a news release from the Boone County Commission. The board members will be responsible for administration, the formulation of program policies and the creation of rules and by-laws.

Applications are available at the commission's office in the Roger B. Wilson Boone County Government Center, 801 E. Walnut St., Room 333, or online at

Supervising editor is Scott Swafford.

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